Spending Time with a Loved One: Cremation Hourglasses


People are becoming more and more creative with how they choose to memorialize themselves or a loved one after death. As cremation becomes an ever more popular choice over burial for final arrangements, people now have more time and options than ever to create an interesting way to be remembered.

Some choose to have their ashes scattered in a specific spot. Others choose to tattoo the ashes into something meaningful. It's even possible to become a part of what will be the world's largest artificial reef through cremation. In this article, we will discuss the interesting choice of an hourglass urn, rather than the traditional cremation urn.

A cremation hourglass urn is simply an hourglass filled with the ashes of a loved one after the cremation process is complete. Hourglass urns come in many colors and sizes with various themes, such as a nautical style. Initials or short messages may be engraved on the hourglass as well.

Hourglass urns come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from a large table-top hourglass and small pendants for jewelry. This allows flexibility in how much of the ashes is needed to complete the piece.

A larger hourglass may be better suited for a single statement piece in a place the family spends its time together. A tiny hourglass pendant is better if multiple people wish to carry part of their loved one with them, especially if family members live far apart.

The installation of the ashes into the hourglass is covered in an instruction manual that comes with it. There is no requirement to send in a certain amount of ashes to a company. This allows the family to decide how much they want to add and whether they want to mix the ashes with another kind or color of sand. This also provides the opportunity to mix the ashes of two people into the hourglass urn.

The symbolic nature of the hourglass urn reminds loved ones that although time passes, friends and family will always be in our hearts.

If you wish to plan a cremation for yourself or a loved one, please contact the Neptune Society. As America's most trusted cremation society, we are dedicated to providing the utmost in service at the time of need. To find a local office near you, please see our directory. If a loved one has passed away within the last 24 hours, please contact us immediately for assistance.

This article is part of our "What To Do With Cremation Ashes" series in which we intend to highlight the lesser known memorialization options available to our families. For more articles in this series, please see our article archive.

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